Discussion Forum

Harry Ramsdens

Posted by JWA
Friday, April 23, 2004

I understand that a Harry Ramsden's Fish and Chip restaurant may be opening at the site of the old Tourist Info Centre. I have a meeting with the MD of Harry Ramsdens next week, concerning an entirely unrelated matter, but would be happy to take along anyone's concerns regarding the siting of their restaurant in HB. Please contact me before 01.05.04 if you have anything to say or ask, or complain about!

Posted by Elderberry
Saturday, May 1, 2004

Gosh - the only thing I'd have to say to Harry Ramsden's is - go away.

Chains are unsunstainable environmentally, and kill local shops. We know this.

I guess I would like to have the rumour as to whether that really is what is going into the old TIC confirmed or denied...I can't believe the council could possibly think anything like that should be given planning permission...well, perhaps I can, but I don't want to.

Posted by Ravinda Khan
Monday, May 3, 2004

Agreed , Elderberry. I suggest JWA reads the TIC Free Shop debate column , a little of the History of Hebden Bridge and who or why we live here, take a walk around town and try out the millions of takeway options already flooding the town centre, examine the 'no chain store' refferences that the town is keen to maintain and why, and then sit down in a nice green quiet spot around the town and attempt to draw his/her own conclusions. This and the McDonalds comments are just either provocative nonsense or ill infomed idiocy.

Posted by Andrew Hall
Tuesday, May 4, 2004

I cannot believe that the old tourist information centre would ever be turned into a Harry Ramsdens outlet. Ramsdens (or Compass Group plc) seem to concentrate on the volume market - Blackpool, Heathrow etc, if fact anywhere where there are loads of people. Hebden Bridge would be a foolish choice.

I suppose we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that the old T.I.C. will inevitably become some sort of retail development. The question is, what?

For me, there is no contest. We need another curry house. Curry is now the nations most popular meal, knocking both fish and chips, and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding into a cocked hat.

Manny, are you listening?

Posted by Peter Ford
Thursday, May 6, 2004

    Mr Khan you reffered to my comments on Mcdonalds at the TIC as provocotive nonsense or ill informed idiocy and you were wrong on both counts.

    The correct answer was an attempt at humour, whilst trying to highlight the nonesensical proposal of a fast food chain openening up in the TIC building.